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Special Cover on Centenary celebrations of Swami Satchidananda – 22nd December 2014.

Satchidananda Saraswati (b. 22 December 1914 – d. 19 August 2002), born as C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder and known as Swami Satchidananda, was a religious teacher, spiritual master and yoga adept, who gained fame and following in the West. The name Satchidananda is a compound of three Sanskrit words, Sat, Chit, and Ānanda, meaning essence, consciousness, and bliss, respectively. The expression is used in yoga and other schools of Indian philosophy to describe the nature of Brahman as experienced by a fully liberated yogi.

LOTUS - The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths was first built in 1986 at Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville, Virginia, USA by Swami Satchidananda. Swami Satchidananda Foundation, Coimbatore dedicated the second LOTUS Shrine to mark the 100th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Swamiji at his birth place Chettipalayam, near Coimbatore. Hon’ble Governor of Tamilnadu Shri K. Rosaiah inaugurated a replica of LOTUS on 22nd December 2014.

To mark the Centenary celebrations of Swami Satchidananda Maharaj, a Special Cover and My Stamp were on 22nd December 2014 at Coimbatore. (Special Cover approval no. TN/27/2014). Manju Pillai, Post Master General, Western Region, released the My Stamp and Cover and former CBI Director D R Karthikeyan and Chairman of Swami Satchidananda Centenary Celebrations, received the first copies. Swami Karunananda, Yogaville, USA, K Ramasamy, Managing Trustee, Swami Satchidananda Foundation and O A Balasubramaniam, Director, Integral Yoga Institute, were also present on the occasion.

Special Cover on Centenary celebrations of Swami Satchidananda

Special Cover on Centenary celebrations of Swami Satchidananda

Courtesy: Ankit Agrawal, Pune

Special cover on 25 years of Mysore City Police Commissionerate - 10th January 2015.

The Mysuru City Police is the premier enforcer of law & Order in the City of Mysuru. The City Police Commissionerate was set up in 1989 in Mysuru. Mysuru City Police works under the jurisdiction of the Karnataka State Police. The Mysuru City Police consists of a network of foot patrols, mobile patrols, traffic patrols and armed striking force mobile units in the city. Other units within the Mysuru City Police include, City Crime Branch, City Crime Record Bureau, Mounted Police and City Armed Reserves. The Mysuru City Police's mobile patrol consists of mobile vehicular patrols called "GARUDA". Mysuru City Police is one of the few police departments in India along with Bangalore City Police to use the Blackberry's and also attends to Online Code Enforcement Complaints with utmost priority.

Marking the Silver Jubilee celebrations of City Police Commissionerate, a function was organised at the City Armed Reserve (CAR) grounds, Mysore. A Special Cover was released on the occasion by MP Shri Pratap Simha in presence of Senior Superintendent of Post Offices D. Veena Kumari, City Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, ADGP Om Prakash, Advisor to Home Department Kempaiah, DG&IGP Lal Rokhuma Pachau, District Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad and MLA Tanveer Sait at Mysore on 10th January 2015.

Special cover on 25 years of Mysore City Police Commissionerate

Special cover on 25 years of Mysore City Police Commissionerate

Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bangalore

Special Cover on Bombay High Court Museum - 14th February 2015.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a Permanent Judicial Museum at Bombay High Court on 14th February 2015, set up as part of its Sesquicentennial Celebrations depicting the rich judicial history of the city spanning three centuries.

The museum exhibits include a high-back ornate chair used by the judges during the British rule, original candle stands with engraved glass casing, gas-lit glass ‘handis’ and a large manual cloth ceiling fan pulled by attendants, all part of the pre-electricity era, and an actual court-room of the 1900s when electricity and manual typewriters were introduced. The highlights include a rare original copy of the High Court Charter, 1872, a cannon dating back to 1850 with an original stand, discarded after the old Bombay Fort was demolished in 1864, though the name ‘Fort’ still stands for south Mumbai today.

It also showcases the Barrister Certificates issued to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1891 – who was later revered as Mahatma Gandhi by the world, Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s issued in 1896, before he entered history as founder of Pakistan, besides other luminaries like M. C. Chagla, the first Chief Justice of India, Babasaheb R. Ambedkar, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, K. M. Munshi and others.

The museum is a brainchild of Shri Rajan Jayakar, curator, a practicing advocate and well known philatelist of Mumbai. The idea of having a permanent museum came to Mr. Jayakar while he was curating an exhibition of centuries-old artifacts for the 150 years celebrations of the High Court in 2012.

A Special Cover was released a Special Cover on the occasion on 14th February 2015. (Special Cover approval no. MH/11/2015)

Special Cover on Bombay High Court Museum

Special Cover on Rotary District Conference, Mumbai - 31st January 2015

The WOW District Conference 2015 held at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) in Worli, Mumbai on 31st January and 1st February 2015. The W.O.W. Confluence was a unique event hosted by the Rotary Club of Bombay Pier, which initiated wisdom, opportunity and winners.

On the occasion a Special Cover was released on 31st January 2015 at Mumbai. (Special Cover approval no. MH/06/2015)

Special Cover on Rotary District Conference, Mumbai

Philatelic Exhibition and India Post Stall at Aero Show 2015, Bengaluru - 18th to 22nd February 2015.

Department of Posts, Karnataka Postal Circle had opened a stall at Aero Show 2015 held from 18th to 22nd February at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bengaluru. A unique stall of India Post had stamps of aero shows and aircraft on sale which attracted visitors. Items like mugs and lettersets with stamps embossed over them were also exhibited at the stall. Stamp exhibition based on aero philately in approx. 20 frames was also arranged in the stall.

Philatelic Exhibition and India Post Stall at Aero Show 2015, Bengaluru

Philatelic Exhibition and India Post Stall at Aero Show 2015, Bengaluru

Philatelic Exhibition and India Post Stall at Aero Show 2015, Bengaluru

Special Cover on 11th CBS Head Post Office of Odisha Postal Circle - 5th January 2015.

Cuttack GPO – 753 001 successfully migrated to CBS System on 5th January 2015. It has become 11th CBS Head Post Office of Odisha Postal Circle. On the occasion, a Special Cover was released on 5th January 2015 at Cuttack.

Special Cover on 11th CBS Head Post Office of Odisha Postal Circle

Special Cover on installation ceremony of Jain idols at Mithila Tirth - 23rd February 2015.

On the occasion of installation ceremony of Jain idols at Mithla Tirth, a special cover was released on 23rd February 2015 at Sitamarhi (Bihar). This beautiful cover bears image of idols of 19th Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Mallinath and 21st Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Naminath.

Bhagvan Mallinath was the 19th Jain Tirthankar and the only female Tirthankara. Jain scriptures indicate Mallinath was born at Mithila into the Ikshvaku dynasty to King Kumbha Raja and Queen Prabhavati Rani. After long span of life time, she took diksha on eleventh day of the bright half of the month of Margshirsh along with 300 other men's and women each. Immediately after diksha Lord Mallinath attained (kevalgyan) salvation on constellation of Ashwini.

Naminatha was the 21st Jain Tirthankar of the current era. He became a siddha, a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma. Naminatha was born to King Vijay Raja and Queen Vipra Rani of the Ikshvaku dynasty, who were the rulers of Mithila at that time.

Special Cover on installation ceremony of Jain idols at Mithila Tirth

Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna

Gujpex 2015, 13th Zonal Level Philatelic Exhibition at Ahmedabad - 24th - 27th March 2015.

Gujpex-2015, 13th Zonal Level Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 24th to 27th March 2015 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Memorial, Opp. Circuit House, Shahibaug, Ahmedabad – 380 004. A Press Conference was organized by Gujarat Postal Circle on 20th February 2015 at Conference Room of Chief Postmaster General’s Office, Ahmedabad to launch the Prospectus and website of Gujpex-2015.

Gujpex-2015Brig. Sanjeev Thapar, Chief Postmaster General, Gujarat Postal Circle launched the Prospectus and Website of Gujpex-2015 at the Press Conference and briefed about the exhibition. The Exhibition is open to all Philatelists residing in Gujarat State and Union Territory of Diu, Daman and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The exhibitor desiring to participate in Gujpex 2015 should register him/herself at the exhibition’s official website www.gujpex.com and have to complete procedure of submitting online entry form. The scanned images of relevant documents, viz. awards certificate, birth certificates (for youth group), identity proof, address proof etc. as mentioned on the online web page should also be uploaded along with the passport size photograph of the exhibitor. Application Number would be sent to the email id and mobile phone number provided in the application. Prospectus of the exhibition is available at the website www.gujpex.com

The last date for submitting the application is 7th March 2015.

 

 

Gujpex-2015 Press Conference

My Stamp and Special Cover released on ‘Aero India 2015’ - 19th February 2015.

Aero India has carved a niche for itself globally as a premier aerospace exhibition, with nine successful editions organised since 1996. In 2013, exhibitors from 29 countries with 570 companies and 46 overseas delegations participated in Aero India 2013.

The tenth edition of Aero India is being held at Bengaluru from 18th to 22nd February 2015. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi opened the Aero India 2015 air show and exhibition on 18th February 2015 at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore. Defence Ministers or officials of equivalent ranks of six countries the USA, Russia, Israel and Germany among them were present.

On 19th February 2015 Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar, released My Stamp and Special Cover on ‘Aero India 2015’. (Special Cover approval no. KTK/29/2015 and KTK/30/2015)

My Stamp and Special Cover released on ‘Aero India 2015’

My Stamp and Special Cover released on ‘Aero India 2015’

My Stamp and Special Cover released on ‘Aero India 2015’

Special Cover on Platinum Jubilee of Catholic Diocese of Lucknow - 17th February 2015.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lucknow was erected on 12th January 1940. Most Rev. Dr. Albert Conrad De Vito, a Capuchin priest was appointed as the first Bishop of Lucknow on 12 December 1946 and took possession of the diocese on 16 February 1947. (Delay of 6 years due to World War II). The diocese of Lucknow comprises of 10 civil districts of Uttar Pradesh namely Lucknow, Hardoi, Unnao, Sitapur, Lakhimpur-Kheri, Gonda, Barabanki, Bahraich, Balrampur and Sravasti, covering an area of 45,000 Sq. kms.

The Diocese of Lucknow celebrated its Platinum Jubilee on 17th February 2015. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations was held at the premises of St Francis’ College, Lucknow. The occasion was graced by the presence of The Chief Guest H.E Most Rev. Salvatore Pennacchio Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal. The guest of Honour was The Chief Minister of U.P. Shri Akhilesh Yadav, also present on the occasion were the Mayor of Lucknow, Dr. Dinesh Sharma and Cabinet Minister Shri Rajendra Choudhary.

On the platinum Jubilee of Catholic Diocese of Lucknow, Chief Minister of U. P., Shri Akhilesh Yadav released a special cover to recognize the contribution of the Diocese of Lucknow in the field of education, healthcare and social development during past 75 years. (Cancellation on Special Cover showing 16.02.2015, the day first Bishop of Lucknow took possession of the diocese)

Special Cover on Platinum Jubilee of Catholic Diocese of Lucknow

Special Cover on Platinum Jubilee of Catholic Diocese of Lucknow

Courtesy: St. Francis’ College, Lucknow

Patpex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Patna - 13th & 14th February 2015.

Patpex-2015, a two day district level philatelic exhibition was organized on 13th and 14th February 2015 at NIFT Campus, Patna. Shri Abhay Shekhar Prasad, Chief Postmaster General, Bihar Postal Circle and Prof. Sanjay Shrivastava, Director, NIFT, Patna inaugurated the exhibition. 50 frames exhibits were on display at the exhibition. Philatelic Workshop and Stamp design competition were also organized during the exhibition.

Patpex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Patna

Patpex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Patna

On the inaugural day, a Special Cover was released featuring the historic Gandhi Maidan. The Cover illustration shows Gandhi statue of Gandhi Maidan located in the heart of Patna and the cancellation depicts Gandhiji collecting debris, setting example for cleanliness. (Special Cover approval No. BH-03/Feb 2015)

Gandhi Maidan, previously known as the Patna Lawns, is a historic ground at Patna near the banks of Ganges River. Several movements were launched on the Patna Lawns during the Indian freedom struggle, the most important being the Champaran movement and the Quit India movement of 1942. Many prominent leaders of the Indian Independence Movement, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jaya Prakash Narayan and Sri Krishna Sinha addressed their rallies from Patna Lawns. It was said that a leader had not arrived until he had addressed a rally at the Patna Lawns.

Special Cover on Gandhi Maidan released at Patpex-2015 on 13th February 2015.

On 14th February 2015, a Special Cover on National Institute of Fashion Technology was released. (Special Cover approval No. BH-04/Feb 2015)

NIFT as an Institute is a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion business education in the country, and this endeavor saw opening of four New Centers in 2008. Patna NIFT being one of them started its humble beginning from June, 2008; from its transit campus situated in the prestigious Udyog Bhavan, Gandhi Maidan, Patna and later started functioning from its own permanent campus at Mithapur Farms. The courses being offered in the institute at present include specialization in two disciplines of Bachelor of Fashion Technology with specialization in Apparel Production, Bachelor of Design with specialization in Fashion Design, Textile Design and Fashion Communication at the under graduate level and Masters in Fashion Management at the post graduate level.

Special Cover on NIFT, Patna released at Patpex-2015 on 14th February 2015.

Special Cover on NIFT, Patna released at Patpex-2015 on 14th February 2015.

Courtesy: Lalit K. Mishra, Patna | Pradip Jain, Patna | Dainik Jagran | NIFT, Patna FB Page

Special Cover on 1st Indian Match at Cricket World Cup 2015 and Philatelic Display on Cricket Theme - 15th February 2015.

Rajasthan Postal Circle released a Special Cover on the occasion of 1st Cricket match of India at the World Cup 2015 on 15th February 2015 at Philatelic Bureau, Jaipur GPO, Jaipur. The Cover was released by Ace Indian Cricketer Shri Pankaj Singh and Director Postal Services HQ, Jaipur, Shri Dushyant Mudgal. Popular Cricket Administrator of Rajasthan and member of BCCI Sub-committee, Shri Vinod Mathur and General Secretary, Philatelic Society of Rajasthan Shri Rajesh Paharia also joined the cover release ceremony which was attended by local cricketers and philatelists. The cover depicts various stamps issued by India and other countries on Indian Cricket and the cancellation show Wickets, Bat and Ball.

Five frames philatelic display on Cricket theme was also organized from the collection of Shri Rajesh Paharia on the occasion. Collection of photographs, picture cards, Match box labels, cigarette labels, mobile recharge coupons etc. on Cricket were also on display.

Special Cover on 1st Indian Match in Cricket World Cup 2015

Special Cover on 1st Indian Match in Cricket World Cup 2015

Special Cover on 1st Indian Match in Cricket World Cup 2015

Courtesy: Rajesh Paharia, Jaipur

Special Cover on Late Babu Balchand Malaiya - 14th February 2015.

Sagarpex-2015, Sagar district level philatelic exhibition was organized on 13th and 14th February 2015 at Sagar. On the occasion a Special Cover was released on well known Jain personality Late Babu Balchand Malaiya of Sagar on 14th February 2015. Babu Balchand Malaiya was a very religious and literary person who was involved in social, educational and religious welfare activities all over the Bundelkhand area.

Special Cover on Late Babu Balchand Malaiya

Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna

Commemorative Stamp on Project Rukmani - 14th February 2015.

GSAT-7, the multi-band communication satellite named Rukmani (Rukmini) is the first satellite developed by ISRO and the sixth among the stack of seven INSAT-4 series communication satellites which was designed, developed and fabricated by India.

Project RukmaniIt carries the payloads in UHF, C-band and Ku band. The 2,650 kilograms GSAT-7 is the last of ISRO’s seven fourth-generation satellites. The multiple-band spacecraft will be used exclusively by the Navy to shore up secure, real-time communications among its warships, submarines, aircraft and land systems. GSAT-7 / INSAT-4F is said to significantly improve the country’s maritime security and intelligence gathering in a wide swathe on the eastern and western flanks of the Indian Ocean region. The satellite was launched early on 30 August 2013 atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou, French Guiana.

Rukmini will provide networking capabilities with various Indian Naval assets. During Theater-level Readiness and Operational Exercise (Tropex-2015) in the Bay of Bengal in 2014, Rukmini was able to network about 60 ships and 75 aircraft seamlessly. The intention of the Indian Navy is to use this geostationary naval communication and surveillance satellite to cover activities up to the Malacca Straits in the east and the Hormuz Strait to the west. Rukmini has a nearly 2,000 nautical mile 'footprint' over the Indian Ocean Region.

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar released a stamp commemorating the indigenous Naval communication satellite Rukmani, which is a dedicated Naval satellite, taking the Navy to the step in achieving complete digitisation of communications. The Stamp Release took place on board the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya on the occasion of two days’ of Theatre Readiness Operational Level Exercise (TROPEX-2015), off the coast of Goa in the Arabian Sea.

Commemorative Stamp on Project Rukmani released on 14th February 2015.

Courtesy: PIB / PTI

Shreepex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Puri - 7th - 8th February 2015.

Shreepex-2015, the Second District Level Philatelic Exhibition of Puri District was organized by Puri Postal Division at the Town Hall, Near GPO, Puri on 7th and 8th February 2015.

Exhibition was inaugurated by by Padmashree Sudarshan Patnaik, the famous Sand Artist of Puri along with Shri Pawan Singh, Director Postal Services, Bhubaneswar Postal Circle. Exhibits on various subjects were exhibited in 80 frames. A philatelic workshop with Power Point Presentation and Philatelic quiz contest were conducted by Shri Ajit Kumar Dash, Secretary EIPA for the School Children. ‘My Stamp’ facility was made available at the venue of Exhibition by Department of Posts.

Shreepex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Puri

Shreepex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Puri

On 7th February 2015, a Special Cover on 'Nabakalebar' was released.

Nabakalevara is derived from the Sanskrit words Naba or new and Kalevara or body, literally meaning New Body. It is an ancient ritual associated with most of the Jagannath Temples when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols. A year which has two months (Adhika masa) of Ashadha as per the Hindu calendar is auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every 12 to 19 years. The Deities are made from a special type of Neem wood known as Daru Bramha. Preparations for the ceremony start in the month of Chaitra. Last ceremony was done in the year 1996. Next ceremony held in 2015.

Shreepex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Puri

Special Cover on 'Nabakalebar'

On 8th February 2015 a Special Cover on the famous 'Patta Chitra' of Raghurajpur was released. The cancellation depicts 'Gotipua' dance.

Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. In the Sanskrit language, "Patta" literally means "cloth" and "Chitra" means "picture". Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities. These paintings are based on Hindu mythology and specially inspired by Jagannath and Vaishnava cult. All colours used in the paintings are natural and paintings are made fully old traditional way by Chitrakaras that is Oriya Painter. he painting the 'pattachitra' resemble the old murals of Odisha especially religious centres of Puri, Konark and Bhubaneshwar region, dating back to the 5th century BC. The best work is found in and around Puri, especially in the village of Raghurajpur. Raghurajpur is a heritage crafts village, known for its master Pattachitra painters.

Special Cover on the famous 'Patta Chitra' of Raghurajpur

Special Cover on the famous 'Patta Chitra' of Raghurajpur

Courtesy: Kashinath Sahoo, Bhubaneshwar | Ajit Kumar Dash, Bhubaneshwar

‘Dak Ticket Utsav 2015’, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Hazaribagh - 6th - 7th February 2015.

Two day Dak Ticket Utsav 2015, district level philatelic philately exhibition was organized by Hazaribagh Postal Division at Guru Nanak Palace, Near Government Bus Stand, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand on 6th and 7th February 2015. Exhibition was inaugurated by Smt. Sujata Chaudhury, Chief Postmaster General, Jharkhand Postal Circle and Chief Guest Dr. Gurdeep Singh, Vice Chancellor, Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh accompanied by Shri Anil Kumar, Postmaster General, (Mails & BD), Jharkhand.

Exhibits of philatelists from Hazaribagh, Ranchi and Jameshedpur were on display at the exhibition. Shri Syed Hafizuddin, Jamshedpur and Shri Anil Saxena, Gaya were the member of Jury for the exhibition. History of Pigeongram was revisited through beautiful anecdotes about the pigeongram of 1931 shared by Syed Hafizuddin of Jamshedpur.

‘Dak Ticket Utsav 2015’, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Hazaribaug

‘Dak Ticket Utsav 2015’, District Level Philatelic Exhibition, Hazaribaug

On the occasion three special covers were released. My Stamp facility was also made available at the exhibition.

On 6th February 2015 a Special Cover on Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh was released. (Special Cover approval no. JH/03/2015)

Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh, came into existence as a teaching-cum-affiliating state university on the 17th September, 1992, after the bifurcation of Ranchi University, by Act 3 of 1990 passed by Bihar Assembly. It fell under Jharkhand after the creation of the state on 15th November, 2000. It was aptly named after the great saint and pioneer of the Bhoodan Movement, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, as the sage had received here the biggest land donation in the whole of India for social reconstruction. Being among one of the premier universities of Jharkhand, it offers high standards of teaching and research. The university offers courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Special Cover on Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh

On 7th February 2015 a Special Cover on District Rural Development Society, Hazaribagh was released. (Special Cover approval No. JH/05/2015)

Zila Gramin Vikas Samiti (District Rural Development Society) has candled the 'Mashal' of unforgettable beauty and knowledge to remove the pitch darkness of illiteracy in its divine light. There is message of self employment, health, agriculture, education, sports and pure environment. This organisation has taken strong vie to built poor orphan and boy of rural belt to make them intelligent effectively after taking them in its dedicated lap.

Special Cover on District Rural Development Society, Hazaribagh

On 7th February 2015, second Special Cover was released on Soil Conservation Training Centre, Hazaribagh. (Special Cover approval no. JH/04/2015)

Soil Conservation Training Centre at Hazaribagh was established in the year 1954 by Damodar Valley Corporation under the sponsorship of the Dept. of Agriculture & Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. Soil Conservation Training Centre, Hazaribagh has been organising regular training courses on "Soil & Water Conservation every year for Field Officers and Project Officers" engaged in the field of soil & water conservation programmes of State and Union Territories.

Special Cover on Soil Conservation Training Centre, Hazaribagh

Courtesy: Anil K. Saxena, Gaya

Customised ‘My Stamp’ featuring "Ammu" the mascot of 35th National Games of India, Kerala 2015 - 5th February 2015.

The 2015 National Games of India, also known as the 35th National Games of India, is being held from 31st January to 14th February 2015 across seven districts in Kerala. Union Minister of Urban Development Shri Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the opening ceremony of National Games 2015 at Green field stadium Karyavattam, Thiruvananthapuram on 31st January 2015.

The Great Hornbill, or the Great Indian Hornbill, the State bird of Kerala, is the official Mascot of the 35th National Games. The selection of the Great Hornbill as the Games Mascot reflects the concern for conservation of this species facing extinction. The Kerala Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy named the Mascot ‘Ammu’ on 21st June, 2013, during the International Olympic Day celebrations at Thiruvananthapuram.

Kerala Postal Circle has launched Customised My Stamp featuring "Ammu" the mascot of 35th National Games. "My Stamp" featuring customized design of "Ammu" was launched jointly by Shri Kamal Varadur, President, Calicut Press Club and Shri P. Jayadevan, Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices, Kozhikode at the function held at Kozhikode Head Post Office on 5th February 2015.

In connection with the National Games 2015, India Post in tie-up with Diamond India Ltd (DIL), who has been selected as the Official Merchandise Partner for 35th National Games, Kerala 2015 started distribution of commemorative silver bars to its customers and general public through selected Post offices in Kerala. On the occasion 0.999% Silver Coins (20g. and 50g.) of National Games 2015 were also launched by Shri Kamal Varadur and Shri P. Jayadevan.

Silver bars are available in two denominations i.e., 20 g and 50 g and the sale price is approximately Rs 1400 and Rs 3500 respectively. This price may vary according to the market value of silver. The bar is assay certified for purity and has come with tamper proof packaging. Silver bars and Customized My Stamps can be purchased from Calicut HPO and all other philatelic bureaux in Kerala. Silver bars are also available with Diamond India, an Official Merchandising Partner of National Games 2015.

‘My Stamp’ featuring "Ammu" the mascot of 35th National Games of India

‘My Stamp’ featuring "Ammu" the mascot of 35th National Games of India

Ammu Silver Bar Ammu Silver Bar

Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Agartala - 4th - 5th February 2015.

A two-day district level philatelic exhibition was organised by Agartala Philatelic Bureau at Muktadhara Hall, Agaratala on 4th and 5th February 2015. A total of 35 participants participated in the exhibition.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Chairperson of Tripura Commission for Women Ms. Purnima Roy. The exhibition was aimed at making the hobby of stamp collection more attractive to the young generation who in the age of E-mail and SMS rarely use postal stamps. "The main motto of this exhibition to know about the post office, its various activities and postal stamps, and also to encourage collecting stamps," said Nirmal Chakraborty, one of the organizers.

District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Agartala

Courtesy: ANI | Tripura Info

Special Cover on Centenary Celebration of Shri Devsagar Singhi Jain Mandir, Sujangarh - 2nd February 2015.

Sri Devsagar Singhi Jain Mandir is located in Sujangarh, Churu District. As the name suggests, the temple was built by the ancestors of Singhi’s of Sujangarh. Construction of Singhi Jain Mandir started in the year 1905 (Vikram Samvat 1961). It took approximately ten years to build this beautiful temple that is standing proudly since its completion in the year 1915. The temple site is dedicated to Lord Parshvanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar.

The temple will be completing 100 years of its completion this year. Centenary celebration is being held at the temple from 31st January o 4th February 2015. On the occasion a Special Cover was released by Shri Devsagar Singhi Jain Mandir Trust to mark the Centenary of Shri Devsagar Singhi Jain Mandir on 2nd February 2015. My Stamp on the temple was also launched. The ordinary Special Cover can be available @ Rs 10.00 each from Philatelic Bureau, Jodhpur. Contact Person: Hemaram, Mobile No. +919783566251.

Special Cover on Centenary Celebration of Shri Devsagar Singhi Jain Mandir, Sujangarh

Courtesy: Rajesh Paharia, Jaipur

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 New Zealand Souvenir Sheet available in India.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is one of the world’s biggest international sporting events. The tournament will be jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia, and is expected to attract cricket fans from around the world.

To commemorate this thrilling sporting event, New Zealand Post issued official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 memorabilia, a sheet of stamps that represent the fourteen contesting teams on 4th February 2015.

This colourful set of stamps consists of fourteen cricket ball-shaped self-adhesive stamps – one for each team competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup: New Zealand, Sri Lanka, England, Australia, Scotland, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. Each stamp features team colours and imagery, as well as the official ICC Cricket World Cup logo. Price of the sheet is 11 NZ$. (Approx Rs. 502)

Souvenir sheet on World Cup 2015 issued by New Zealand Post has been customised as per Indian requirements and includes image of World Cup trophy with inscription ICC Cricket World Cup Champion 1983 & 2011 INDIA and made available in India through India Post at a price of Rs. 400 each.

Currently it is available for sale in India through Snapdeal Portal. (Snapdeal is offering set of 5 Souvenir Sheets at Rs. 1616 + Free Delivery) It is also announced that the souvenir sheets will be made available on e-post office portal and at philately bureaux.

New Zealand Souvenir Sheet

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 New Zealand Souvenir Sheet

Indian Version of Souvenir Sheet

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 New Zealand Souvenir Sheet Indian Version

Kotapex-2015, 4th Kota District Level Philatelic Exhibition - 30th January - 1st February 2015.

4th Kota District level Philatelic Exhibition, Kotapex 2015 was held at DAV School, Kota from 30th January to 1st Feb 2015. The exhibition was held under Southern Rajasthan Postal Region by SSP Office Kota City.

Exhibition was inaugurated on 30th January 2015 by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Circle and Shri Jitendra Gupta, Postmaster General, Rajasthan Southern Region Ajmer.

On 30th January, a Special Cover was released by Lt. Col. D. K. S. Chauhan, CPMG, Rajasthan commemorating death anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi. The cover depicted Plaque placed at Kota where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were spread. Cancellation read his last words ‘Hey Ram’.

Kotapex-2015, 4th Kota District Level Philatelic Exhibition

Special Cover on death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

Special Cover on death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

On 31st January 2015 Special Cover on Surya Mandir of Jhalrapatan, Jhalawar was released.

Sun Temple, situated in the heart of Jhalrapatan located 6 Km. from Jhalawar is famous for a shikhara (peak of a temple) which is 96 ft from the ground. The temple is orthogonal and has a sanctum, vestibule and rangamandapa or pillared hall. The temple is adorned with several sculptures of gods and goddesses and floral designs both from inside and outside of the pillars of the prayer hall are beautifully carved and decorated with sculptures.

Special Cover on Surya Mandir of Jhalrapatan, Jhalawar

Special Cover on Surya Mandir of Jhalrapatan, Jhalawar

34 Exhibits were displayed at the exhibition comprising of 6 invitee class in total 97 Frames. The Jury panel consisted of Shri Jitendra Gupta PMG, Southern Rajasthan Postal Circle as Chairman and Shri Rajesh Paharia as Jury Member. One 1st prize, two 2nd prizes, two 3rd prizes and one consolation prize in senior category and two 1st prizes, two 2nd prizes, two 3rd prizes and one consolation prize in Junior Category were awarded. 1st prize in seniors was won by Shubham Lodha for his exhibit ‘Stamp Papers of Tonk State’ and 1st Prize in junior category was won by Aakanshi Dandona for her exhibit of Children’s Day.

Courtesy: Rajesh Paharia, Jaipur | Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

Tapipex-2015, District Level Philatelic Exhibition held at Betul, Madhya Pradesh - 28th & 29th January 2015.

Chhindwara Postal Division of Madhya Pradesh organized a district level philatelic exhibition ‘Tapipex-2015’ at Betul on 28th and 29th January 2015. On 29th January 2015 two special covers were released.

Tapipex-2015

One Special Cover was released on famous Jain pilgrimage centre Shri Digamber Jain Siddhakshetra Muktagiri situated at Thapoda, Ta. Bhensdehi in the Betul District.

Siddha Kshetra of Muktagiri is situated in the lap of the ‘Satpuda’ Mountain range and it is surrounded by beautiful natural vegetation. It is an ancient Siddha and Atishaya Kshetra and is also known as ‘Mendhagiri’ or ‘Medhrgiri’. According to “Prakrit Nirvan Kand” and other texts, Muktagiri is place of attainment of Nirvana where about three and a half crores of muniraj (Saints) have done meditation and attained salvation. According to the local traditions the Samavasarana of 10th Tirthankar Bhagwan Shitalanatha arrived here and so the place is said to become sacred by footsteps of Jina Shitalanatha. Muktagiri is located on border of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. It is 14 km away from Paratwada, Dist. Amravati, Maharashtra.

Second Special Cover was on Jaywanti Haksar Lead College, Betul.

Jaywanti Haksar Lead College of Betul is a Government aided Co-Ed institute and affiliated to Barkatullah University. This college has courses for Bachelors & Masters.

Special Cover on Shri Digamber Jain Siddhakshetra Muktagiri

Special Cover on Jaywanti Haksar Lead College, Betul

Courtesy: Sudhir Jain, Satna | Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

Special Cover on Kondajji Basappa Birth Centenary Celebrations - 18th January 2015.

Sri Kondajji Basappa (b. 11 December 1915, d. November 1982) is a popular name both in Karnataka Politics as well as in Scouts and Guides Movement in Karnataka. He was born at Kondajji Village of Davanagere District. Kondajji Basappa was a graduate in science from Bangalore University and did his LL.B from Pune University. He took an active role in promotion of Scout and Guide Movement in Karnataka. Kondajji Basappa entered into Active politics in the year 1962 by becoming MLA from Davangere and twice elected as Member of Parliment in 1971 and 1977. Basappa worked as Assistant District Commissioner, District Commissioner of Chitradurga, Assistant State Commissioner of Chitradurga Division and State Secretary before he became State Chief Commissioner. He held this post for the longest period from 1964 till he died.

Jamborette is a gathering of scouts & guides of age group between 10 & 17 years. It contributes to the development of young people physically, mentally, morally, spiritually & emotionally, thereby enabling the future generation to be responsible global citizens & contribute to society at large.

27th Karnataka State Jamborette 2015 held from 17th to 23rd January 2015 in Dr. Anne Besant Scouts and Guides State Level Training and Camp Centre, Doddaballapur, Bengaluru Rural. State level event happens once in 4 years and gives an all-round exposure to Scouts and Guides. On the occasion Centenary of Late Late Kondajji Basappa celebrated and a Special Cover was released to commemorate his birth centenary on 18th January 2015 at Doddaballapur.

Special Cover on Kondajji Basappa Birth Centenary Celebrations

Courtesy: Suresh Rao, Bangalore

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